"Original Sin" as written by Elton John and Bernard J.p. Taupin....
You might know of the original sin
You might know how to play with fire
But did you know of the murder committed
In the name of love you thought what a pity

Dream on white boy (white boy)
Dream on black girl (black girl)
Then wake up to a brand new day
To find your dreams are washed away

There was a time when I did not care
And there was a time when the facts did stand
There is a dream and held by me
Well I'm sure you had to see it's up in arms

Dream on white boy (white boy)
Dream on black girl (black girl)
Then wake up to a brand new day
Dream on white boy (white boy)
Dream on black girl (black girl)
Then wake up to a brand new day
To find your dreams have washed away

Dream on black boy (black boy)
Dream on white girl (white girl)
Then wake up to a brand new day
To find your dreams have washed away

Dream on, to play with fire
White boy, black girl
Dream on, in the name of love
Black boy, white girl
Dream on white boy, black girl
Black boy, white girl

Dream on
The name of love, yeah
You thought what a pity
Original sin

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"Original Sin" as written by Michael Hutchence Andrew Charles Farriss

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +2
    General Commentits a shame the lead singer died, without him INXS aren't the same.
    zzoeEon May 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfantastic song. INXS's Best
    Herenionon September 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes anyone know what the robotic voice says at the very beginning of the song?
    Forrykookon January 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe band says the song was there attempt to make social commentary and crack the American market - complete with Nile Rogers producing. It seems clear its referring to America's original sin - as in slavery. Michael Hutchins said at the time that unlike Australia in the early 80s, America was waking up to bar and new post-racist day.
    jason10207on October 18, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgr8 track
    theultimatespoonon January 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGiven that I was in an interracial relationship at the time, this song always had special meaning for me, even if it wasn't one of my favorites.
    Major Valoron August 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love music from the colonies. It's so ethnic. Rule Britannia; God Save the Queen.
    ccammyon October 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaninggnskov is correct that this song probably refers to the story of Cain and Abel in the Old Testament as a slightly incorrect reference to "original sin." Supposedly Cain had a mark put on him and his children for killing his brother Abel pretty soon after Adam and Eve got out of the Garden of Eden.

    It's the first murder in the bible and some religions claim that the "Mark of Cain" was a dark skin that Cain and all his descendants were cursed with. They used this story to discriminate against certain people because of their skin color and put laws in place against interracial marriage and other things. Basically, using the bible as an excuse for their own discrimination and bigotry.

    I forgot what a good song this was until I heard it again recently.

    Although actually "Original Sin" means something different in Christian Theology. (It means that everyone is sent to hell unless baptised since they inherit Adam's sin automatically, no matter what.)

    All this Christian theology/mythology is BS, IMO, but this song points out that people should be treated equally and that interracial relationships shouldn't be a big thing.
    sbfisheron November 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've long wondered about this song. Now I've seen lots of commentary about this or that aspect of it, but still find it a mystery. INXS being an Australian band, I would think "white boy, black girl" refers to Australian aborigines--although presumably if could work just as well for African-Americans, or South Africans, heck, maybe even Gypsies in some places. (In Ireland, at one time, even being "black Irish" (that is, some Spanish ancestry) could make you an outcast.)

    But what is that line about a murder committed "in the name of love"? Is that about a real event?
    ronald1020on May 22, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt seems to be referencing to either the stolen generation in Australia or even the British colonisation of Australia in 1788. Either way it is to do with racism and it's need be abandoned so as to see white and black people side by side without predjudice.
    long_live_INXSon May 08, 2005   Link

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